By: Queue Murphy and greatlakesmom
As the Rolling Stones wind down their North American zip code tour, fans wonder if they will ever be able to see them in concert again. I had always wanted to see them over the years, but never got the chance mostly because I could not afford the tickets. I always said to myself that the next time they came around, I was definitely going to attend because it was certain to be the last time they were there. Who could imagine Mick jumping around like he did in the 80's when he was 50, 60, and now 71 years old! I certainly didn't. I thought I had lost my chance when they were in Detroit the last time.
But I was so happy I was wrong! When the concert was announced in April - I made sure we got our tickets right away! I didn't know what my husband would think about going, but he definitely jumped at the chance! They were playing Stones all day on the radio and interviewing people who had been to their other concerts - one made said he had been to 39!
What a concert - it was definitely the best rock concert I had ever been to. Just before the Stones came out, I turned to the man behind me and told him that I hope he didn't mind, but I was going to be standing and dancing the entire concert. He told me that he preferred I not stand in front of him the entire time.....well, the Stones came out, the crowd jumped on their feet and did not sit THE ENTIRE 2 HOURS!!!! WOOOOO! The dude didn't have a choice!
Attached is an article from the Detroit Free Press that describes the sets at the Detroit concert. All I can say is that I ran into so many people I knew - it brought back soooo many memories of my youth, cruising on Woodward or down to Mexican Village just after graduating from High School, singing 'Poison Ivy', or 'Time is on my Side.' They didn't sing those songs, but it didn't matter because what they did sing painted the times of all the decades the songs spanned! The crowd was definitely from at least 4 generations and there wasn't any fighting, drug overdoses or mishaps - just pure enjoyment of GREAT MUSIC!!! The Stones definitely didn't disappoint me when I consider I waited almost 40 years to see them! I wonder if they'll be here when they are in their 80's?????
I (greatlakesmom) agree across the board here. I first saw the Stones as a teenager at their 1981 concert at the Pontiac Silverdome. All I can say is that I’ll remember the details of this one much longer than that first time. It was amazing to see Mick still move like that and convey a pure sense of enjoyment to the packed stadium. The remaining band members were all fully engaged in the music and interaction with the audience. The entire band supported the rhythm and kept the legacy alive. The weather was also perfect in the motor city and everyone was sharing their enjoyment of the night along with a sense of history for all the great Rock and Roll Music that has been visited upon the city over the years. The Rolling Stone’s made an effort with the stage set-up and arrangement that allowed the entire stadium to feel a part of the combined energy emitting from the park.
It was equally refreshing to see some young enthusiasts take part in this event. Rock and Roll Music is alive and well in the “D” and in my mind there’s never been a better place to see an authentic concert than in this city.
Here's everywhere the Rolling Stones went for their tour. :)
May 24 San Diego
May 30 Columbus
June 3 Minneapolis
June 6 Dallas
June 9 Atlanta
June 12 Orlando
June 17 Nashville
June 20 Pittsburgh
June 23 Milwaukee
June 27 Kansas City
July 1 Raleigh
July 4 Indianapolis
July 8 Detroit
July 11 Buffalo
July 15 Quebec